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Feb 19

Cartooning returns to Baltimore

Category: Baltimore Sun, News

Cartoonist is back web

This week marked my return to The Baltimore Sun after a 6 year hiatus. I am delighted to be back. (see this week’s cartoon below)

This new chapter in my career started in early December when I received a surprising email from Andy Green, Editorial page editor of The Sun. He had been asked by the publisher of the paper to see if there was any way they could lure me back. This was an intriguing thought.

I have been very lucky during the intervening six years since my departure from The Sun. I had a close and long term (30+ year) affiliation with The Economist which continued to blossom. I joined UMBC as an Artist-in-Residence where I have engaged in a series of great projects involving students and faculty. I have also been exploring animation in a big way, working with local animation houses DigitalSteamworks and Bully Entertainment on some great and exciting films. Check out the video below created by The Sun that talks about my recent work.

So, when The Sun first contacted me, I thought that I might be too busy to accept their offer. But then, I reconsidered. I thought I could manage one cartoon a week as long as certain conditions were met.

First, I wanted assurances of editorial freedom in my work. Next, I wanted the cartoon to be displayed at a large enough size to adequately showcase the artwork. Third, and most importantly, I wanted to maintain the same rights that I have enjoyed with The Economist over the past 3 decades: I would own the physical artwork of the cartoons and own all rights to the use and reproduction of these cartoons.

I submitted these requests along with a daily rate for producing a black and white cartoon. The Sun agreed to my proposal.

We determined the starting date to be the 19th of February because I would be settled back in Baltimore after some international travel.

During my return flight from the UK on Thursday, I scanned through the in-flight movie listings and made the mistake of choosing to watch “Immortals”, the over-the-top B-level sequel to “Clash of The Titans”. All was not lost, however. The farce of a movie acted as a perfect inspiration for my first cartoon for The Baltimore Sun. (see below).

Back in January 2006, I was one of the many victims of the mad and desperate cost cutting that was crippling US newspapers. It is my hope the return of a cartoonist to The Baltimore Sun is a modest beginning to the reversal of that trend.

Kalis back Sun headline web

kal sun 2-19-12 web

8 comments

8 Comments so far

  1. Ave & Marcia Amth February 19th, 2012 12:12 pm

    GREAT!
    Good Judgment on the part of The Sun.

  2. Richard Gross February 19th, 2012 7:37 pm

    Kudos, Kal, on returning to The Sun.

  3. Joe Pietropaoli February 19th, 2012 8:00 pm

    Welcome back Kal. Looking forward to your weekly wit and candor. All the best, Joe

  4. Sheri February 19th, 2012 9:56 pm

    Hurrah! We’ve missed you!

  5. Myke Ashley-Cooper February 19th, 2012 11:10 pm

    Good to see some sanity returning to an American newspaper! Fortunately not many retrenchments have taken place over here in South Africa!

  6. WarrenHolleman February 19th, 2012 11:35 pm

    This is one of my favorite Kaltoons. I don’t know anything about Maryland politics but the problem described/depicted is universal, at least w/i these United States, and esp in the US Congress. I loved the sausage/meat grinder, the loopholes, and esp “Show me some love.” The problem Kal is describing is actually quite tragic and depressing, but the Kaltoon does a little therapy for me by getting me to laugh about it.

  7. Jim Boulden February 22nd, 2012 7:16 am

    Can’t wait for your first Oriole-themed commentary…
    maybe wait a month to see how bad the season will be.

  8. Zack Bird May 17th, 2014 10:51 am

    My name is Zack Bird, I need another artist to help with a big illustration project for my client in CA. Im looking for a skilled draftsman to produce a number of ink drawings. I feel your work is in keeping with the style I’m after. Please call me if you are available (and interested)
    My number is 215-605-3269
    -Thanks
    ZackBird

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